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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1136: Disability and Disparity, II: Living with Differences - Living Life Differently?

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:'Homo debilis' Projekt, Universität Bremen
Organiser:Jenni Kuuliala, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen
Moderator/Chair:Bianca Frohne, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen
Paper 1136-aLiving with Impairment in Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Christina Lee, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Social History
Paper 1136-bProving Ability in the Daily Life of the Disabled in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Klaus-Peter Horn, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval, Social History

Disability history is an emerging field within medieval studies. Analysing dis/ability enables us to ask questions about culture and society in general. By taking into account the daily life experience of illness and impairment in the Middle Ages we can take a closer look at the categories of difference and normality in pre-modern societies: What was the significance of dis/ability in comparison to categories like social status, rank, gender, or age? When were people regarded as 'different', and what was expected of people with different abilities within their social environments?